Donald K. Anthony Jr. is a sports professional, entrepreneur and business leader who has created, transformed and worked with companies in multiple industries to increase the value of the organization. He serves as vice president of the US Fencing Foundation as well as a vice president of the Federation Internationale d’Escrime. Previously, he served as president and chairman of the board of USA Fencing from 2012-2020.
Named the head coach of the Ohio State University Fencing Team in 2018, Anthony is a world-class fencer who represented Team USA at two Senior World Championships and remains an active competitor on the veteran circuit, winning silver at the 2010 Vet World Championships in the 50-59 men’s saber event and placing in the top eight at the 2012 Vet Worlds.
Prior to his role at Ohio State, Anthony became the founder and president of SwordSport LLC, the leading promoter of fencing in the world, and served as president and CEO of the Warrior Group, Inc., a management consulting firm that specializes in organizational transformation, leadership development and strategic planning
Anthony continues to give back to the fencing community, helping introduce underserved youth to the sport as a founding member of the nationally acclaimed Peter Westbrook Foundation in New York City as well as a board member of the Arkady Burdan Foundation in Atlanta.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Anthony discovered fencing at Karamu House (an in inner city cultural center) at the age of seven and developed his passion for the sport. He attended Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati and went on to Princeton University to major in engineering where he was an Ivy League Champion and NCAA finalist. After graduation, he moved to New York City to work for IBM for 10 years in sales and marketing. While there, he received his MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School where he studied entrepreneurial management and finance and remains a lifetime member of the National Black MBA Association.
Mr. Anthony and his wife Karen reside in Columbus, Ohio, and have an adult daughter who recently completed her MBA in France in 2013 and went on to work for Goldman in London and Sympulse in New York City before starting her own business in 2020.